March 16th, 2009

myriad universes

it's an honor to be nominated

Unreality SF, a most excellent site on tie-in fiction, has opened voting for their "Story of the Year."

Among the nominees are A Gutted World, my contribution to Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Echoes and Refractions, and "Good Queen, Bad Queen, I Queen, You Queen" by terri_osborne in Doctor Who: Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership (which I edited).

Click on this paragraph to go to the voting page. Voting remains open until 22 March.
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Schott's Miscellany 15 March 2009

The Godfather premiered in New York (1972)


A village in Dumfries and Galloway counties, just inside Scotland, Gretna Green became notorious as a venue for runaway English elopers when clandestine marriages were made illegal in England in 1753. Before a series of laws changed the rules, couples in Scotland could be married simply by declaring their consent in front of a witness (often the Gretna Green blacksmith). The practice was stopped in 1939.

I have a horror of sunsets, they're so romantic, so operatic.
Marcel Proust (1871-1922)
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my writing (and editing) on sale!

A reminder that the following items of mine are currently sitting in bookstores and comic book stores (and also in my garage in some cases, if you want to order straight from me) waiting for you to buy them:

In the Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural features many excellent essays about the TV show Supernatural, and which has a foreword by me talking about how the show is much better than it needs to be. There are also fine analyses from a wide variety of folks (including some who won an essay contest co-sponsored by the web site). It's the latest in BenBella Books' excellent "Smart Pop" series of essays on pop culture.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, and find that it can be more than meta gold for those over-analytical fans that dream of that Comparative Literature degree. For any fan that wants to read about how heroism relates to Sam and Dean, how damaged they could be psychologically, how awesome the Impala is, how supernatural lore, traditional horror, or other shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer relate to two fictional brothers fighting evil on the road, or how this show relates to many elements of pop culture in general, then this book has plenty to offer. ---Alice Jester, BlogCritics

Star Trek: A Singular Destiny is the followup to David Mack's Star Trek: Destiny trilogy and examines the wider consequences of the events of that trilogy on the galactic stage. Featuring a wide variety of characters outside the norm of Trek (such as Federation President Nan Bacco from Destiny, Articles of the Federation, and A Time for War, a Time for Peace, plus a new civilian character named Sonek Pran), as well as the crews of the Starfleet ships Aventine and Musgrave and the Klingon vessel I.K.S. Gorkon, this novel sets the stage for 24th-century fiction going forward.

What I enjoy about A Singular Destiny is how DeCandido manages to span the events along the different worlds and cultures, and not just the Federation alone, who must face a difficult task after a brutal apocalypse. It’s interesting to read this novel and see the mirror held up to our own society to reflect its current events on the worldwide arena. It’s hard to put down the mirror and see the obvious real-world parallels that DeCandido has brilliantly portrayed in A Singular Destiny, everyone is affected by the same problems, and no matter what the solution may be, no one is happy with the results. ---Bill Williams, Trek Nation

Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: Wounds is the most recent collection of novellas in the series that originally was published monthly as eBooks. These stories, featuring the Starfleet Corps of Engineers team on the U.S.S. da Vinci under the command of Captain David Gold and former Enterprise engineer Commander Sonya Gomez, also cross over with the post-finale Deep Space Nine novels, featuring Bashir, Kira, Nog, and others interacting with the da Vinci gang. My own story Security is part of it, which also guest stars Christine Vale of the TNG and Titan novels and explains the history of her character with Security Chief Corsi.

Standout sections include a murder mystery by Terri Osborne, and the title story which is as much a DS9 tale as an SCE, featuring Julian Bashir as heavily as SCE's Dr Lense. ... With no dud sections, this is one of the strongest collections of SCE tales to date. ---Peter Quentin, Dreamwatch's Total Sci-Fi

Star Trek: Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows includes my short story "Family Matters" among the dozen that cover the history of the Mirror Universe, from the Enterprise-era story "Nobunaga" by David Stern all the way to the 24th century in David Mack's "For Want of a Nail." Most of Trek is covered -- not just the five TV shows, but several of the prose-only series (New Frontier, Klingon Empire, Stargazer, Titan, Vanguard). My own tale is an epistolary one dealing with the Cardassian-Klingon Alliance.

Damn fine stuff, as usual, from the Klingon Master, Keith R.A. DeCandido in his tale Family Matters. He’s taken the usual Gorkon/Klingon Empire series suspects and tossed them into the ‘Land of the Goatee’ to provide us with a unique look at corruption within the Alliance, and in the heart of one of the noble houses of the Klingon Empire. Abandoning traditional prose, DeCandido weaves this story of setup, betrayal, and advancement through a series of communiqués, transcripts, and personal correspondences to give a unique story with a unique view of the inner workings of the Klingon High Council, and Alliance politics in general. Pay close attention… this story moves by fast, and a lot of interesting and fulfilling details can be missed if one reads it too fast. ---Father Robert Lyons, TrekMovie

Star Trek: Mere Anarchy is another collection of eBooks, this a 40th anniversary original series tale that spans all 30 in-story years of TOS history. Released in time for the new movie, this six-part tale sees the Enterprise crew dealing with a natural disaster on the planet Mestiko, both the original event, and the slow rebuilding over the course of the next three decades. The stories are by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore (pre-"Where No Man Has Gone Before"), Mike W. Barr (five-year mission), Dave Galanter (pre-The Motion Picture), Christopher L. Bennett (between TMP and The Wrath of Khan), Howard Weinstein (between The Final Frontier and The Undiscovered Country), and Margaret Wander Bonanno (post-Generations prelude). I was the editor of this series, and it's one of my proudest accomplishments. Do check it out!

It's not easy to develop a concept strong enough to sustain a six-part story that will ultimately span a period of thirty years but Ward and Dilmore have done an outstanding job of laying the foundation for the Mere Anarchy series in Things Fall Apart. They perfectly capture the feel of the original series era. Even without the familiar characters you have no doubt of the 23rd century setting as you read. ---Jacqueline Bundy, Trek Nation

Farscape #1-3 are all on sale now. Picking up where The Peacekeeper Wars left off, this first of a series of four-issue comic book miniseries is plotted by series creator Rockne S. O'Bannon and scripted by me, with art by newcomer Tommy Patterson. The story sees Rygel at last returning to Hyneria to reclaim the throne that was taken from him. Issue #4 will be out at the end of the month, and keep an eye out for followup miniseries Strange Detractors and D'Argo's Lament. Also each miniseries will be collected into single volumes once all four issues are published.

For those who have been missing John Crichton’s wild adventures in the alien universe there will be much happiness. O’Bannon and DeCandido have perfectly recaptured that sense of place and those characters and transferred them into the print medium. ---Tonya Crawford, Broken Frontier

Finally another reminder that I'm selling copies of my own books directly, and you get an autograph to boot!
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Lunacon 2009 schedule (reposted)

Just a reminder that I'll be at Lunacon 2009 this weekend (20-22 March 2009) at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye Brook, New York. Here's my schedule:

8.30-9pm: reading (Elija Budd)

12-1pm: "CSI: Science Fiction," w/Yvonne Carts-Powell, Amy Goldschlager, Saul Jaffe, and James Prego (Bartell)
5-6pm: autographing (Westchester Assembly)

11am-12pm: "Media Tie-In Novels," w/Nick Pollotta and Josepha Sherman (Brundage B)
12-1pm: "From Book to Film," w/James Owen, Dan Persons, and Charlie Spickler (Grand North)
1-2pm: "World Domination," w/Paul Calhoun, Lee Gilliland, and Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen (Odelle)

At the times not listed above, I'm likely to be helping out at the "Hot Chicks with Books" table in the dealer's room, peddling the wares of Hot Chicks KT Pinto (ktpinto), Terri Osborne (terri_osborne), and Laura Anne Gilman (suricattus).

Hope to see some of you there!
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